2 exceptional entries make grade

Taylor Oliver-Guerin’s colour poster will be judged in Ottawa as one of Canada’s best entries in the annual Remembrance Day contest.

Chris Clegg
South Peace News

A High Prairie student has made history, if the High Prairie Royal Canadian Legion president’s memory hasn’t failed him.

Don Ebbett says Taylor Oliver-Guerin’s Senior Colour Poster in the annual 2020 Remembrance Day contest has made it all the way to national judging in Ottawa. It’s the first time a local entry has advanced to the national finals.

“First is $1,000, second is $500 and third $250,” Ebbett says, adding the poster has certainly caught the eye of all judges.

Oliver-Guerin’s poster shows a pin-up girl sitting on a plane surrounded by poppies. For her efforts, Oliver-Guerin, a student at E.W. Pratt High School, has won $75 for winning the High Prairie Legion Branch level, $80 at the District level [which includes 18 branches in northwest Alberta. Provincially, Ebbett believes she placed first for judging in Ottawa but does not know the prize money.

Oliver-Guerin says she has drawn many pin-up girls and the Remembrance Day contest seemed a natural fit. The poppies were a natural for the border.

“I planned to do a frame but used poppies,” she says.

The plane and the iconic ‘Lest We Forget’ complete the poster.

Meanwhile, Haggerty’s Junior Poem won all the same awards as Oliver-Guerin except she placed second at the provincial level. She was a Grade 6 student at High Prairie Elementary School at the time of her composition.

Haggerty takes home $80 for winning Districts and $100 for placing second provincially. She won $75 at the High Prairie Branch level.

The poem, beautifully set in a cluster of poppies, is published on this page. The words in the poem speak for themselves.

Lilli Haggerty’s Junior Poem placed first at the High Prairie Legion and District categories, and second at Command [provincial]. Haggerty is from East Prairie Metis Settlement.

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